(Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem has space himself the occupation purpose of profitable the French Open and the Austrian says he would devour to dethrone the ‘King of Clay’ Rafa Nadal in the course of.
Nadal’s dominance on the red claycourts in Paris is unmatched, the Spaniard selecting up his 13th French Open trophy final one year to study Roger Federer’s 20 Colossal Slam singles titles.
Two of these 13 victories on centre court hang intention against Austrian Thiem, who received his maiden Colossal Slam title at Flushing Meadows final one year.
“For me it is by a long way the tournament with the perfect finally ends up prior to now … so after I received that first Colossal Slam title, it is now the absolute best purpose and one thing I if reality be told must waste,” Thiem instructed the Laureus Sports activities Awards.
“I steal to space extra short length of time dreams, nonetheless to bewitch the French Open is this sort of broad thing … it is if reality be told a occupation purpose. It is my absolute best purpose moreover for this one year.”
Thiem said getting the higher of Nadal at the French Open would be an enormous dispute.
“I mediate final one year he turned into 34 already and he carried out perhaps one in all the perfect tournaments ever, so he’s positively the guy to beat,” said the 27-one year-extinct, who has been nominated for the Laureus World Step forward of the Year Award for 2020.
“It will doubtless be one in all the absolute best challenges in sport to beat this guy on the centre court in convey that’s why I if reality be told would devour to waste it when he’s peaceable active.”
Open air tennis, Thiem said he is a gigantic fan of English Premier League side Chelsea and turned into “very upset” when Frank Lampard turned into sacked as manager in January.
“I if reality be told hang, I create now now not know, 50 jerseys with his name on it, so I turned into so delighted when he received manager,” Thiem said, adding that he hopes Lampard would return to Stamford Bridge one day.
“It turned into this sort of immense and magical connection between him and the club so clearly I turned into vibrant unhappy when he left.”
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Peter Rutherford)